HTC hasn’t had the most success lately with their latest flagship this year. It’s reviews were underwhelming, and so have been their sales. Apparently they are trying to change course with releasing the A9. Going from the specs I’d say it sits somewhere between a midrange and a flagship phone. From a pure power perspective it sits around a midrange phone. However add 3GB of ram, with all the premium features and the build quality you’d think it was a flagship.
- CPU: Qualcomm Snapdragon 617, Octa-core 64-bit, 4 x 1.5GHz + 4 x 1.2GHz
- Memory: 3GB
- Storage: 32GB Extended memory: microSD up to 2TB
- Screen: 5″ AMOLED with 1080p resolution (441ppi); Gorilla Glass
Camera: Main camera: 13MP with sapphire cover lens, auto-focus, BSI sensor, OIS ƒ/2.0, 1080p video recording, and Raw image support
Front camera: HTC UltraPixel, fixed focus, ƒ/2.0, 1080p video recording
Security: Fingerprint scanner on front
- OS: Android 6.0 with HTC Sense
Connectivity: NFC, Bluetooth 4.1, Wi-Fi: 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac (2.4 & 5 GHz), 3.5 mm stereo audio jack, micro-USB 2.0 (5-pin) port
SIM: Nano SIM
Battery: Capacity: 2150 mAh with Quick Charge 2.0 support (forward compatible with Quick Charge 3.0 with future software upgrade)
Build: All aluminum unibody, 145.75 x 70.8. x 7.26 mm
- Uh-oh Protection: Offers 1 free replacement within 12 months, or $100 off the purchase of your next phone
Instead of coming out swinging with an over the top speced out phone, HTC made a more affordable yet premium phone. This looks like a very compelling competition against LG’s latest Nexus the 5X. Really the midrange has been where a lot of the excitement has been this year. Manufacturer’s are blurring the lines between what’s a flaghship and what’s a midrange. On Android these days you don’t really need a flagship for a good experience like you did in the past.
The HTC A9 can be had for $399 in Acid Gold, Topaz Gold, Cast Iron, Carbon Gray, Deep Garnet and Opal Silver.